The National Steinbeck Center Announces New Exhibitions And Programs

Top Quote Executive Director Colleen Bailey announced two new exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center. "SHE WAS A SALINAS GIRL" Artist Arline Jane Anderson and Mission San Antonio de Padua Exhibition. End Quote
  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) October 07, 2011 - The National Steinbeck Center, located at One Main Street in Salinas, Executive Director Colleen Bailey announced two new exhibitions at the National Steinbeck Center.

    SHE WAS A SALINAS GIRL: Artist Arline Jane Anderson (1920-2009)
    Exhibition Dates: September 2 - December 2011

    In the early 1900's when Arline Jane Anderson was born, her Swedish immigrant parents Carl and Amanda Anderson used John Steinbeck's telephone to call the doctor. As an artist in the 1950's, Arline's watercolor scenes of an earlier Salinas remind us today of our rural history. She recorded the Salinas Valley with its bucolic pastoral scenes of the Salinas hills and surrounding mountains that have been portrayed in many literary writings. It is with this nostalgia and a sense of loss that we view Anderson 's collective works that includes chronicling the life and times of a turn-of-the-century female artist.

    California Arts Day, hosted by the Monterey Arts Council at the National Steinbeck Center. Come join us just for the fun of Art.

    October 7 - First Friday Art Walk 5 - 8 pm. You are invited to help with creating our Dia De Los Muertos life size skeletons and partake in other fun art activities. Please bring an item or picture of a past loved one, pets included, for our community Altar.
    Annual Dia De Los Muertos at the National Steinbeck Center - Wednesday Nov 2, from 5 to 8 pm. Join the walking procession from Hartnell College at 5 pm, walking over to the National Steinbeck Center for performances by the Yaocuauhtli Aztec Dancers. You will be welcomed at the door by our Day of Dead live Katrina's and dancing skeletons created by the Salinas Young Assembly members and friends. Enjoy hot chocolate, pan dulce (sweet bread), music, a community altar and a Frida Kahlo look a like contest. The YOSAL children, taking music and art classes at the Performing Arts Center of the Steinbeck Institute of Art and Culture will deliver their painted Day of the Dead skulls for the community altar pathway and read stories of their past loved ones.

    The community altar and life size skeletons will be up for one week.

    Mission San Antonio de Padua Exhibition - Founded in July 14, 1771
    Exhibition Dates: Dec 2 (First Friday Art Walk) - March 4th
    Al Weber has taught well over 10,000 students (and counting!) in workshops and classrooms throughout the West as an instructor for Monterey Peninsula College, the Friends of Photography, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the celebrated Ansel Adams Workshop series in Yosemite. During the beginning and the end of Holy Week 2011, Al Weber led two photographic workshop sessions each consisting of one dozen photography instructors and assistants with twenty-five students in each. In keeping with the tradition of the two previous projects and exhibitions, Mission Soledad (2007) and Mission San Miguel (2009), this year the National Steinbeck Center will have on view a portfolio of 52 magnificent photographs of Mission San Antonio de Padua; including a 10-minute video documentary of the project compiled by photographer Larry Angier.

    Background on the National Steinbeck Center :
    The National Steinbeck Center is located in Salinas , California , the birthplace of John Steinbeck. The National Steinbeck Center is a museum and cultural institution with a mission to engage people in the exploration of culture, issues and the arts relevant to our times. The Center offers three visitor experiences: the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, which houses seven themed theaters with film clips and interactive exhibits from the Nobel prize-winning author's works; the Rabobank Agriculture Museum , which explores the stories of the Salinas Valley "from field to fork"; and changing art and cultural exhibits and a variety education and public programs.

    For more information about the National Steinbeck Center or past festivals, please visit the National Steinbeck Center 's website at

    Press Contact: Marci Bracco (831) 747-7455

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